Metro Manila LGUs to implement 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. working hours to ease traffic

The Metropolitan Manila Council, through MMDA Resolution 24-08 Series of 2024, has mandated all local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila to adjust their operating hours to combat rush hour congestion.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Don Artes announced the revised working hour schedule during a town hall meeting on traffic concerns with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. on Wednesday morning.

The resolution dictates that all government offices under LGUs in the National Capital Region (NCR) adopt a modified working schedule from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Local government units in the NCR are urged to enact ordinances for the implementation of the new schedule.


This move addresses the issue of traffic congestion, exacerbated by the overlap between the traditional 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. working hours of government offices and those of private companies.

Despite Artes acknowledging on Wednesday that the increasing number of vehicle purchases is a primary cause of traffic congestion, the implementation of the new working hours persists.

The resolution encourages National Government Agencies in the NCR to adopt the modified working schedule, aiming to distribute employee ingress and egress and thus alleviate traffic congestion during peak hours.

Local chief executives of Metro Manila LGUs are tasked with ensuring the strict implementation of the prescribed working schedule.

Government agencies providing essential services in the NCR may also adopt the adjusted schedule, provided that they maintain continuous and uninterrupted public service delivery.

The resolution is set to take effect on April 15, 2024, coinciding with the implementation of the e-bike and e-trike ban on major Metro Manila roads.

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